We truly are a family redefined. We are husband, wife, son, daughter, step children, biological and adopted children and most importantly, Children of God.

A friend pointed out that I needed to update my blog header. After our adoption from Ethiopia, I had updated it stating how the adoption of Sara Joy completed our family. Well... the journey continues. After much prayer, we have decided to follow what we feel is God's calling for us...we went to Ghana with the intention of adopting a four year old girl, Isabella Hope. Little did we know that she would be the catalyst to bringing home not only her, but her half brother and sister. We will now be adding not only Isabella Hope to our family, but also Mary Grace (9) and Gilbert (6) who we will transition to the name Nathaniel Timothy. The shock is wearing off and the JOY and EXCITEMENT are overwhelming. Now truly, our family is complete. The great part of journeying with God, is that it's always an adventure. He knows where we are going, and for us it is all a marvelous surprise. Looking forward to sharing our family adventures as we walk daily through life and as we venture off to Ghana to bring home Mary, Nate and Isabella! It's always an adventure redefining our family!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

New Pictures

Tonight I received a wonderful gift!!!  Remember when I said I was able to send a care package to our little Sara Joy.  Well, the family traveled to Ethiopia and are back home.  They arrived home this afternoon.  And tonight, they sent us a wonderful, beautiful gift!  Pictures of our Sara Joy.  They said that she is just precious and that we would be "tickled" with her.  I bet we will be!!!  Heck, we already are!!!

They took pictures of her with the blanket that we sent for her.  She looked a bit 'perplexed' in all of the pictures - probably wondering what is going on.  Not only was she absolutely beautiful, but she looked extremely healthy!!!  Praise God for that!  She has grown a bit since the last picture we got of her about six weeks ago.  She grew a ton more hair too!  I am going to have to hurry up and learn how to manage her hair because she has a LOT of it.  And what used to be kind of loose curls, has now turned into a bit tighter curls.  She had her hair up in two little ponies in the pictures! 

I am SO thankful to this family for taking pictures of our little girl for us.  I know it's probably the last thing in the world they wanted to think about when going to get their little one, but it truly meant the world to us.  They must understand because I'm sure they were exhausted when they arrived home today, but they managed to send our photos to us tonight.  That was very sweet.  I have actually been wondering if/when we might be able to see pictures of her!

I need to curl up in bed and go to sleep, but my heart is full of excitement just seeing those pictures of her.  I wish so much I could hold onto that little girl and just love her to pieces.  I'm scared to death that I won't be able to leave her once I get my hands on her in September.  Thank you God for this little girl.  You whispered in my ear to go to Ethiopia.  We listened.  God's plans are so much better than mine!  Wait til you see the little girl He has given us.  Take care of her God.  Keep your hand of protection over her until she is safe in the arms of her family.

I bet I have sweet dreams tonight!

In Christ,

1 comment:

Paula said...

I remember how much those pictures meant to us when we were waiting for the twins! (We still only have referral pictures of our new son... not sure when we might get some new ones.) Enjoy the new photos... it won't be long now until you get to see her little face for real!